Watch 10-month old Piper see her parents for the first time, thanks to early detection by an optometrist!

Vision develops rapidly after birth. Any undetected vision problem can have a significant impact on infant and childhood development. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the less likely it is that other areas of development will be affected.

Pre-School Vision Exams

A vision examination is a very important step in preparing children for that first day of school. During the school years, good vision is essential to the ability to read and to learn. Any vision problems need to be detected and treated before they lead to a learning and/or behavior problem.

If the pre-school or kindergarten offers a free vision screening, be aware that the screening might be incomplete. Many free school vision screenings do not test important visual skills, including eye teaming (binocular vision). Children need a comprehensive pre-school vision examination.

Our doctors participate in the See to Learn program, which provides free vision assessments for all three year olds.

Exams for School-Age Children

All school aged children should have a comprehensive vision examination at least once every two years. Those who are at risk for the development of eye and vision problems may need to be evaluated more often.

Since 80% of how we learn is done through our vision, it makes sense that many children who experience academic difficulty often have visual dysfunction in addition to their primary reading or learning problem. these conditions are treatable.

As a developmental optometrist, Dr. Elizabeth Crandon can evaluate whether your child has the visual skills necessary for learning and school performance, such as how your child’s eyes move when reading, how well they work together and how easily and quickly they can change focus from looking at near to far.

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